“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: Studying demands reading, interpretation demands reading; however, proper reading demands observation, and reading without observation will not make you have the appropriate interpretation.
One of the critical aims of this study is to fully equip us with critical facts surrounding bible interpretation; how the bible ought to be read. And it is this fact that will be applied to Isaiah 60:1-5 to bring the study to the spotlight. Previously, we came to establish that if you miss it in proper reading; you can never get the interpretation right. And we thus established that a vital key to proper reading of bible text is observation. You can’t read the scriptures carelessly and lackadaisically, and aim to get the interpretation right. Proper reading demands close observation. Observation will be to ask:
- What does it say?
- What is the content?
- If you cannot read, you cannot study.
- If you cannot read, you cannot interpret.
You cannot interpret what you assume or thought was there. You can only interpret what you have read. Observation is important to reading and bible interpretation. Any reading without the observation of what is being read is just a shallow reading or no reading at all, but any reading with the observation of what is being read is deep reading. So far in our study, let’s answer the following questions:
- How do you study bible text? By reading.
- Why is the first answer “by reading”? It is because if you don’t read, you cannot study.
- How do you interpret bible texts? Also by reading.
- Why is the answer to question 3 also “reading”? It is because if you cannot read, you cannot interpret. Meaning, you cannot interpret an unread material. You cannot study if you are not reading. Studying will thus begin with reading and interpretation begins with reading.
- Why is the answer to the first sets of questions above “reading”? It is because reading is the bedrock of studying and interpretation.
- What is the key ingredient in proper reading? Observation
- What is observation in reading? In reading, observation is paying attention to details. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t read with your mind wandering about, pay attention to details.
PRAYER: I declare and stir up a reading atmosphere over my life; I will be enthusiastic and passionate of studying God’s word now more than ever, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: In bible interpretation, if you miss out of observation, you can’t arrive at proper bible interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3